December 2014, Andy and I went on a backpacking trip on Kauai’s scenic Kalalau Trail. Little did we know that days of rain can cause raging rivers that are impassible. The only way across the rivers was to wait or catch the Kauai’s rescue helicopter.
15 years ago it wasn’t easy to find reliable information, let alone photos and/or videos about Kalalau online. That’s the main reason that I started this site back in 2002. I wanted it to be easier to find trail information for others than it was for me. Now days, with modern technology, it seems there’s a never ending supply of new photos and videos popping up.
The Kalalau Trail provides the only land access to this part of the rugged coast. The trail traverses 5 valleys before ending at Kalalau Beach where it is blocked by sheer, fluted pali. The 11-mile trail is graded but almost never level as it crosses above towering sea cliffs and through lush valleys. The trail drops to sea level at the beaches of Hanakapi’ai and Kalalau.